Once again, Linux has scored top marks.
I immediately came across two problems. One was that I had retained my Home partition and the existing configuration files screwed up Mint 13 and the other was that I wasn’t able to install several of my favourite programmes, due to missing libraries.
I reinstalled Mint 12, but kept a version of 13 within VirtualBox.
A few days ago, I revisited my virtual Mint 13 and found that the missing libraries were now present so on Tuesday I decided to scrap 12 and move up.
The process was pure simplicity.
I took a full backup of my Home folder (including all hidden files and folders). I took a backup of my software repositories (using Y-PPA Manager. An excellent little programme). I could have taken a backup of my software list, but decided to forgo that, as I didn’t want to reinstall all my old programmes.
Installation of Mint 13 was the usual simple affair, but this time around, I formatted all partitions for a clean install.
Once installed, I restored my backup of the repositories and set to loading in my favourite software. For each programme, I restored its corresponding configuration from backup. For example, for Firefox, I restored “.mozilla”, for Filezilla I restored “.filezilla” and so on.
The version of 13 I installed was the MATE one and it is running perfectly. All my old programmes are running smoothly and it may just be my imagination, but the whole system seems a lot faster.
The whole process took a couple of hours, but most of that was taken up with copying files to and from my backup drive.
I can’t help but wonder how long the process would have taken within Windows, between loading the system and then tracking down all the installation disks, licence keys and the rest?
A couple of days?